UCI News

The New York Times, June 23, 2021
Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It.
Judith Olson, a professor [emeritus] of computer science at the University of California, Irvine, has studied the effect of distance on teamwork for three decades. Distance matters much less now, she said: “Because of the technology these days, we’re actually inching closer and closer to replicating the office.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

CNN, June 22, 2021
Extreme drought and deforestation are priming the Amazon rainforest for a terrible fire season
While heavy rainfall triggered flooding in the heart of the Amazon last month, extreme drought is gripping parts of the southern Amazon and the surrounding regions, according to Paulo Brando, an assistant professor and scientist at the University of California, Irvine. … “Climate change doesn’t respect political and geographic boundaries, Brando said, “and what happens in the Amazon will affect the entire planet.”

Desert Sun, June 22, 2021
California deserts have lost nearly 40% of plants to hotter, drier weather, satellite data shows
Desert plants — famous for tolerance of torrid landscapes — are dying at an alarming rate due to the twin threats of even hotter temperatures and less rain, according to new research published this week. …”They’re already so badly beaten by drought or heat that they’re at the brink of existence,” said the study’s lead author, Stijn Hantson, a UC Irvine project researcher. “They are not somehow super adapted to be able to withstand the effects of climate change,” said co-author James Randerson, a biogeochemist and UC Irvine professor.

Orange County Register, June 22, 2021
Blood shortages fuel the drive for more donations in OC
UCI Health is hoping to bulk up its blood supply with five upcoming bloodmobile drives in Orange County this summer. The university health system runs its own blood program and likes to have a 3-to-5-day supply. Keeping self-sufficient is important, Dr. Minh Ha Tran Do, clinical professor of pathology, said, because it doesn’t want to have to tap vendors such as the Red Cross, which are dealing with a critical shortage of blood supplies. … “Only 5% of healthy people who are eligible to donate blood actually do,” said UCI Health spokesman John Murray. “Every unit of blood donated can save three other people’s lives.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Artnet News, June 22, 2021
Galerie Buchholz Literally Turned Over Its Keys to Cady Noland to Land an Ultra-Rare Show of New Works by the Deeply Private Artist
A selection of people obsessed with the artist Cady Noland: billionaire collectors, mega-gallery founders, powerful museum directors, fans who trek to her every show like Deadheads. And so a quiet announcement last Friday was both a cultural bonanza and a flabbergasting surprise: Galerie Buchholz New York had opened a show that included new work by Noland, an accompaniment to the self-published, two-volume book by the artist, titled The Clip-On Method, co-edited by Rhea Anastas …. who is an associate professor of art at the University of California, Irvine ….

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